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Joseph Mazzella

Watching the Sun Come Up

If you have never taken the time to watch the sun come up in the morning then you really should do so. It is so good for the soul. You need to go out early when the night sky is still dark and full of stars. Then find yourself a comfortable place to stand or sit and...

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Up to You

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove...

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Time for Hugs

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." (1 John 4:7) After all of these years I can still remember the first time I placed my newborn baby son into my Grandmother’s arms. Nana by that time was 77...

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The Real Gift

I was watching some reunion videos the other day. Those are the ones where the serviceman or servicewoman returns home after many months to surprise their families. One in particular widened my smile and moistened my eyes at the same time. In it a five year old little...

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Tending Your Fire

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see...

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"in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thess 5:18) It was a cool November afternoon and I was standing ankle deep in leaves with a rake in my hand. The trees were almost all bare and it was time to rake the leaves before the...

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Simple Pleasures

"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." (Ps 16:11) When I was a boy I didn't have a smart phone, home computers were unheard off, and our 13" television could only get one channel...

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Give Your Light

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:16) The first time I saw Kai, she was sitting in my front yard hugging my dog. I had just pulled into my driveway and there she was. She...

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A Part of God’s Creation

I was sitting in my car with the windows rolled down. My daughter had a meeting in the building in front of me and I was waiting to give her a ride home. The eighty degree day was wrapping the world in its warmth. A gentle breeze was blowing. Fat, fluffy clouds...

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An Open Book

"If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." (John...

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